AD-106 in play

I have received two phone polls, the second about an hour ago, regarding the AD-106 race between incumbent Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and Dutchess County Legislator Will Truitt.  That has never happened before.  I’ve received plenty of polling over the years for Gubernatorial, Congressional and State Senate races, but never for the State Assembly until now.  Based upon the questions asked the polling has to be conducted by Barrett’s people.

I think we have a shot at knocking out an antigun incumbent in this district.  There are only a handful of competitive races for state legislature so if you’d like to help Truitt’s campaign, even if you don’t live in the district, click on his name to make a donation.

 

Against taking guns from abusers

Governor Cuomo is pounding on Marc Molinaro who doesn’t even have enough campaign cash to respond with in-kind advertisements.

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Assemblyman David DiPietro is looking for campaign volunteers for help with phone banks, literature drops, etc. If you’re interesting contact his campaign.

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Meet the Candidates

I helped organize a Meet the Candidates event for the local town association.  The Republican candidates didn’t show up, but two of the three Democrats did including incumbent Assemblywoman Didi Barrett:

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett

And Senate candidate Aaron Gladd:

Senate candidate Aaaron Gladd

Gladd briefly touched on guns. He basically reiterated his public positions, that he supports universal background checks. He also said he supported tax credits for purchasing gun safety equipment.  There are bills to do that including S-192 and S-5757 that are ostensibly pro-gun, but he isn’t trying to run as a pro-gun candidate.

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Cuomo Criticizes Molinaro on Gun Control

The Governor’s latest ad campaign:

That’s what you get

Many, many times I have said there is no reason for Republicans to pander to gun control advocates especially in New York where the astroturf is heavily influenced by Democrat officials and party activists.

Here is the latest example of why this never goes the Republican’s way:

“A prominent anti-gun violence group took aim Monday at GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro for voting 32 times against bills to strengthen New York’s firearms laws. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America also blasted Molinaro for saying on the campaign trail this year that he wants to dismantle New York State’s tough SAFE gun control law passed in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. “It’s an obvious problem ,” said Laura Burns, the group’s state communications lead. “He wants to go backward to weaken gun laws instead [of] maintaining what we have in New York and making them stronger.” …”

This is after Molinaro put antigun Julie Killian on the ticket and told the NRA he didn’t want any of their help.

BTW, how is his campaign going?

And his standing in the polls?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding onto a 22-point lead over Republican Marc Molinaro as the 2018 race for governor enters its final five weeks, according to a new poll made public Monday. Cuomo, a two-term Democrat, leads Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, 50-28 percent, according to the Siena College poll of likely voters …”

That’s what you get for not standing up for what’s right.

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At 7:00pm today Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will address New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Annual Benefit and Silent Auction, Edison Ballroom, 240 W. 47th St., Manhattan.

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Wofford is the best choice

GOP Attorney General Candidate Keith Wofford is the best candidate for gun owners to get behind in a statewide race this year.  There’s a few reasons I say this.

First, as the Daily News reports he has access to money:

“In the battle for state attorney general, Republican Keith Wofford and Democrat Letitia James are neck-in-neck when it comes to campaign cash, new filings show. Wofford, a corporate lawyer and first-time candidate, reported late last week having a little more than $400,000 remaining while James has about $384,000. Wofford since mid July spent just under $1.4 million on his campaign, including $1.1 million toward a planned $3.25 million ad campaign … James, who unlike Wofford had to run in a primary, reported since her Sept. 23 post primary filing raising $320,294 and spending $210,379 —including $100,000 on TV ads …”

All serious candidates for public office must have access to adequate financial resources to run a creditable campaign.  Ideas mean nothing without a way to implement them and implementation usually requires cash.

Second, while still behind in the polls it doesn’t look as bad as the gubernatorial race:

“… James holds a 14-point lead, 50-36 percent, over Wofford. Both candidates do well with voters of their own party … She leads by seven points in the downstate suburbs and Wofford leads by seven points upstate …”

14 points is a lot, but both candidates are largely unknown by the public.  At this point anyone who does not think Andrew Cuomo is an asshole will never be convinced to vote for his opponent.

As to Wofford’s position on guns, that is still unknown.  Given that James’ made her intentions clear, his 2A views are secondary to his ability to run a competitive race.

Faso brings home the pork

Rep. John Faso stopped by the Kalicoontie Rod & Gun Club this morning to do some politicking along with Columbia County D.A. Paul Czjka.

Using a loaner shotgun he legitimately won 1st place in round one of the turkey shoot, a pork loin.

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